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The Summer Palace

The Summer PalaceThe Summer Palace lies about 20 km northwestern outskirts of Beijing, it is up to now the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China.

In 1153, the Emperor of the Jin Dynasty Wan Yanliang built a temporary palace here called the "Garden of Golden Waters" as his summer resort. In 1888, the Empress Dowager Ci'xi decided to spend the money originally earmarked for the Chinese Navy and rebuilt the garden, she herself gave it its present name of Yi He Yuan (Garden of Cultivated Harmony), and the Chinese inscription of the name was written in Emperor Guangxu's handwriting.

Since then, the Empress Dowager Ci'xi started to spend every summer here and had it restored after it was damaged again in 1900. Hence the name, the Summer Palace.

The Summer PalaceThe main features of the Summer Palace are Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. Like most imperial palaces in China, the Summere Palace is divided into three parts: Halls for political affairs, living quarters and religious buildings.The most important structures of the Summer Palace is: Painting Walkway, the longest walkway in the Chinese gardens with altogether over 14,000 traditional Chinese paintings on the beams and crossbeams. Marble Boat, which was built for the 50th birthday celebration of Empress Dowager Ci'x, and where can enjoy the hazy scene over the lake in rainy days.

The Garden of Harmonious Interests, The Hall of Benevolence and Longevity, Hall of Jade Billows, The Hall of Dispelling Clouds, Tower of Buddist Incense, The 17-Arch Bridge, Bronze Ox ...

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About Summer Palace

-- The Covered Walkway & the Marble Boat
-- The Garden of Harmonious Interests
-- Historical Overview
-- East Palace Gate
-- The Hall of Benevolence and Longevity
-- Hall of Jade Billows
-- Garden of Virtuous Harmony
-- The Hall of Joyful Longevity

-- The Covered Walkway
-- The Hall of Dispelling Clouds
-- Tower of Buddist Incense
-- The Marble Boat
-- The 17-Arch Bridge
-- Bronze Ox
-- The Rear Hill and Rear Lake
-- A Bridge over Garden Waters

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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Small Group Tour Cool  --- from US$37
Classic city small group tour, visit Beijing's highlight attractions to touch the face of the metropolitan city on this one-day tour. Departure: daily.

Summer Palace, Beijing Panda House and Capital Museum Private Day Tour  --- from US$52
This 1 day private tour covers the trip to Summer Palace, Beijing Panda House and Capital Museum.

Temple of Heaven & the Summer Palace 1 Day Private Tour  --- from US$55
One day private tour package covers the trip to the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Badaling Great Wall & Summer Palace Private Day Tour  --- from US$56
Badaling Great Wall, the most popular site, Summer Palace is the largest imperial garden of Qing dynasty, enjoy this one day private tour package.

Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace 1 Day Private Tour  --- from US$58
The private tour covers the trip to Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace and have a short exterior visit to the Birds Nest, water cube - the main Olympic Stadium now being built for the 2008 Olympic Games., enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Summer Palace Private Day Tour  --- from US$58
Highlight one day private tour covers the trip to 3 of the 6 major sites in Beijing. Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

Lama Temple, Summer Palace & Beijing Zoo Private Day Tour  --- from US$60
Visit Lama Temple, Summer Palace and Beijing Zoo, enjoy this 1 day private tour package.

Beijing City Highlight Small Group Tour and Night Show Package  --- from US$62
Classic city small group tour, visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, after tour, watch the night show.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & the Summer Palace Private Day Tour Cool  --- from US$63
Classic one day private tour package covers the trip to the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

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Reviews and Travelogue about Summer Palace:
< "Old Summer Palace" >>> Post by Wisit from United States of America
< "Beautiful Gardens of the Summer Palace" >>> Post by Shawn from United Kingdom
< "The Summer Palace was huge..." >>> Post by Aleana from United States of America
< "The Old Summer Palace Introduction" >>> Post by Robert Lehmann from Germany
< "1 Day Beijing Summer Palace Tour" >>> Post by Michael Manton from Canada
< "The Summer Palace is a virtually museum" >>> Post by Shannon from Australia
< "The Summer Palace History" >>> Post by Chester Stark from United Kingdom
< "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design" >>> Post by DUFOSSE from France
< "Drove to the Summer Palace" >>> Post by Scott from Australia
< "Great Wall and Summer Palace bus tour(July of 2008)" >>> Post by Adil Hajjoubi from United Kingdom

 

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